Manchester United need to be patient with Jose Mourinho in post-Fergie era, says Clarence Seedorf

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Dutch legend Clarence Seedorf says Manchester United are still in transition

Manchester United are still in transition and should remain patient with boss Jose Mourinho, claims Dutch legend Clarence Seedorf.

United are eighth in the Premier League, 12 points behind leaders Manchester City and have a negative goal difference (-1) after 12 games for the first time since 1977/78.

But four-time Champions League winner Seedorf has backed Mourinho and believes the club are still finding their feet after Sir Alex Ferguson's departure in 2013.

Manager Jose Mourinho and Former Manager Sir Alex Ferguson of Manchester United wait to greet Manager Arsene Wenger of Arsenal ahead of the Premier League match between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford on April 29, 2018 in Manchester, England.
Image: Mourinho (left) is the third permanent United manager since Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement

"After Ferguson it's just difficult," the current Cameroon head coach told Sky Sports News. "It's a transition phase still, and not only Ferguson but the players that he had.

"Once the last team of [Paul] Scholes, [Ryan] Giggs and [Wayne] Rooney fall away, it's a part of the club that leaves the heart of the team. To replace that you need to have patience.

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"That's not only happened with Manchester United, it's happening in Milan but they need to keep on working. I think they have all the means to be able to stay competitive.

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"He [Mourinho] definitely has an interesting track record.

Jose Mourinho Manchester United Juventus
Image: Mourinho has won the League Cup and Europa League at United

"It's up to the club and him to understand whether his management still has influence and he can turn things around.

"He definitely has the capacity - I don't think we have to discuss Mourinho's qualities but sometimes things just don't go and that could be the main decision to stop working with each other."

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